Benjamin Nolot and Laila Mickelwait discuss how the global pro-prostitution movement has used the promotion of the term “sex work” as a way to legitimize and normalize the commercial sex industry. They talk about the way in which the term “sex work” is deeply embedded with meaning, and how it sets an entire framework for understanding prostitution and shaping legislation.
- The pro-prostitution New York Times article discussed during the podcast is “Should Prostitution Be a Crime? A growing movement of sex workers and activists is making the decriminalization of sex work a feminist issue.” by Emily Bazelonmay, May 5, 2016 Read Article ›
- For more info on the Amnesty International decision to promote prostitution see http://www.feministcurrent.com/2016/05/26/amnesty-no-longer-supports-womens-rights/
Resources discussed in this episode:
- Nefarious: Merchant of Souls documentary
- Exodus Cry
- “Prostitution is Not Just Another Job” by Lauren Hersh March 29, 2016
- “Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade” by Janice G Raymond, July 1, 2013